We are heartbroken after reading reports of yet another drunk driver senselessly
taking the lives of a woman and two small children, while injuring several
others. Through a review of reports by Indiana State Police the intoxicated,
wrong way driver caused a four-car pileup on an Indiana Toll Road in his
Toyota. 911 calls alerted police just minutes before the crashes with
reports of an out of control, wrong way driver traveling in the eastbound
lanes of the Toll Road near Granger.
Soon after, the Toyota turned around and began driving west in the eastbound
lanes but not before tragically crashing into a 2004 Chevy Tahoe about
a mile east of Mishawaka, police said. The Tahoe, with five passengers
inside, then rolled over into the center median. The engine caught fire
and a woman and two child passengers were soon after pronounced dead on
the scene. Another child, age 10, as well as the Tahoe’s 46-year-old
driver are being treated for serious injuries.
The Toyota also collided with a semi-trailer truck and caused another passenger
vehicle to swerve in hopes of avoiding the crash while dangerously sliding
through the center median before it came to a stop in the westbound passing
lane, police said. The driver of the Toyota is a 32-year-old man, now
suffering life-threatening injuries and hopefully a head of regret because
of his choice to drink and drive.
The attorneys and legal team at Wagner Reese are keeping our thoughts with
the families and friends of those taken by this tragic accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has authored a special report in which researchers looked at data from
wrong way accidents to find common statistical trends, many of which fit
this horrific wreck perfectly.
A study in Virginia found the fatality rate for wrong way collisions on
controlled-access highways to be 27 times that of
other types of accidents. On average, about 350 lives are lost each year in about 260 fatal wrong
way collisions across the U.S.
In Indiana, 26 percent of traffic fatalities were caused by drunk drivers
and alcohol impairment in 2017 resulting in 211 people killed. Hoosiers
can ensure their own safety on the road by keeping following several of
these safe driving tips:
To wrap up these safe driver tips, remember yourself to NEVER drink and
drive or get in the car with a driver who has been drinking. If you plan
to drink away from home and need transportation, designate a sober driver
before you leave, hop in a cab, or find an alternative ride at the end
of your night. No matter what the cost, it will be cheaper than a DUI
or living your life knowing you took someone else’s. All drivers
are responsible for staying sober while operating a motor vehicle.
If you were injured or your family members killed as the result of the
poor decisions of a negligent driver who was drunk the
car accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve
and may need. In the case of wrongful death, we are sorry and understand
there is no way of replacing the loved one you have lost but want you
to know we may be able to help.
There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case
is settled or won. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information
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